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Nov 30 2015 - 9:33am

Austin Peay Art & Design

The Framemaker proudly presents an exhibit by artist and photographer Greg Sand. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on December 3, 2015. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display at the Framemaker throughout the month of December during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).
Greg Sand is an artist and photographer who explores the issues of existence, time and death. He works primarily with digital photography to produce work that addresses the nature of photography and its role in defining reality. Sand earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Austin Peay State University in 2008. He has won the acclaim of both jurors and audiences, winning numerous awards and honors. In 2009, Sand was selected by critic Catherine Edelman and the Griffin Museum of Photography as one of “the most exciting new artists emerging in the world of photography.” Sand currently produces work in Clarksville, Tenn. He is represented by the Cumberland Gallery in Nashville, Tenn., and exhibits across the United States.

About Viewfinder
Viewfinder explores photography’s role in the search for identity. Minor White said that “all photographs are self-portraits,” and “each photograph was a mirror of myself.” A photographer sometimes hides behind the camera, the lens becoming his or her face. If you want to see that person, you must look at his or her photographs.

The themes of time and mortality are also present in Viewfinder: the identities of the subjects have been forgotten and only their photos remain. As Susan Sontag said, “All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.” These words are especially relevant to today’s instantly and continuously photographed world.

The Framemaker is located at the corner of North Second Street and Georgia Avenue, across from the Clarksville Academy.
Nov 30 2015 - 8:03am

Austin Peay Art and Design

Professor Barry Jones had the opportunity to teach Leadership Issues II in the President’s Emerging Leaders Program (PELP) this semester. The course focused on the way that art can address and create social change and engage an audience in participatory ways.

The semester is culminating in a student initiated project titled “Nurture or Neglect.” The artwork explores responses to homelessness and will be viewable from 9 am – 3 pm on December 1 in the AP Bowl Near the UC Plaza.

Nov 23 2015 - 8:02am

Austin Peay Art and Design

Terrors of the Deep, a solo exhibition of linocut prints by graduating senior, Karen Yuhas, will be on display in Gallery 108 / Trahern Building at Austin Peay State University from November 30 through December 4. The exhibit features a series of prints about mental illness expressed through representations of deep sea creatures. Terrors of the Deep invites the viewer to witness not only the terrors within the ocean, but also those within the mind.

There will be an opening reception on Monday November 30 starting at 7PM. The gallery will continue to be open for public viewing until December 4.

Karen is completing her BFA degree in Studio Arts at Austin Peay State University and will be graduating December 2015. Her work focuses on personal renderings of living figures paired with the introduction of the inner struggles that are mental illnesses.

Nov 20 2015 - 8:29am

Austin Peay Art & Design

Paul Matthew Watkins presents:

Tuesday, November 24th at 12pm
Location: Shed Space in the Sculpture Yard
(refreshments will be served)

Join us as we celebrate the conclusion of Paul Matthew Watkins’ 4090 project in Sculpture with an exhibition entitled KNOTS. For this show, Matt will be exhibiting a series of sculptural knots and sculpture inspired by knots. This series takes knot concepts from advanced mathematics into the topological realm of sculpture. Mathematicians study knots which consist of crossings, chirality, and projections. Matt considers the knot’s most primal quality – the space that curves occupy in 3D space. He also equally considers the spaces that they are not occupying. With this series, Matt takes the mathematical concept of a line without width and creates tangible objects. Perhaps most importantly, he asks the viewer to consider knots as both fact and fragment.

This show will be exhibited in the Sculpture Area Shed Space for one day only.

A statement by the artist:
While moving into my upper level undergraduate studies, knot theory has become an intriguing topic. This work is quite blatantly inspired by theoretical images I observed. With this project I sought to make abstract ideas tangible and introduce knot theory to people typically uninterested in math.

 About the artist:
Matt Watkins is an undergraduate math/art student currently studying at Austin Peay State University. He favors no particular thing. He is mostly interested in just being outside of what should be favored. He is inspired by math, magic, and messing things up.